The Press: Trouble in Numbers

Making the international rounds in a jet-propelled era of personal diplomacy, the world's statesmen are necessarily accompanied by swarms of newsmen, to the extent that in their very number they have come to pose a perplexing problem. Where only three correspondents, one from each U.S. wire service, went along with Vice President Richard Nixon on his 1953 trip to Australia and Asia, last spring more than 80 followed him to Russia, eliciting from the Vice President the complaint that he could not easily hold background briefings, a Nixon practice, for so large a number. And when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev toured...

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